Open Call

Make Room: Studio Bursary

Applications are now open for the Studio and Project Bursaries!

Our Studio Bursaries provide a free shared studio workspace for 2 artists* over 6 months (July to December 2019), access to one-to-one mentoring and a stipend of £500 to contribute to travel or material costs.

 

Information Events

Tuesday 14 May, 5-7pm

Thursday 23 May, 12-2pm 

 

This opportunity is ideal for those who would like to develop their artistic practice in a creative, collaborative and community-oriented arts space and become an active part of The White House community.

We are interested in hearing from people who would benefit from access to a dedicated workspace to develop an idea, project or their creative practice in general. The Studio Bursary aims to encourage experimentation and new approaches to working together without any impetus on a final outcome.

Studio bursaries aim to help alleviate the financial constraints of art making and widen access to opportunities within the arts amongst members of groups who are under-represented in the sector.

 

If you are interested in the Studio Bursary, please contact Ella at whitehouse@createlondon.org, call 020 8220 1172 or attend one of our information events to find out more. 

 
 

Studio Bursaries include: 

•    Free 19metre squared studio space shared between two artists for 6 months from 2 July 2019

•    Monthly one-to-one mentoring sessions with The White House staff

•    £500 unrestricted bursary to contribute towards travel or material costs

•    Support from a community network engaging in The White House programming

•    Opportunity to host public event(s) in the form of your choosing if desired

 

Please note the studio is located in the upstairs of The White House which is currently only accessible via a staircase. This opportunity is for two artists to share a studio, we will take into consideration the different types of practice when pairing artists. 

 

Artists will gain: 

•       Access to engage with and be based within an active and community-oriented arts space 

•       Connections to other artists, groups and community members using The White House

•       Ongoing artist development within a supportive and nurturing environment 

•       Opportunity to support development of peer network of creatives working across the borough 

•       New approaches to working together and opportunity to inform programming at The White House

 

You will: 

•    Be an individual artist, collective or group

•    Work, live or study in Barking and Dagenham or neighbouring boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Newham

•    Have an interest in The White House programme and/or working collaboratively and within social contexts 

•      Be over 18 years

•    No qualifications or formal arts education are required

 

We particularly encourage artists from groups that are under-represented in the arts to apply, for example artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who are facing barriers due to difficult socio-economic situations and those who identify as LGBTQ+ or have disabilities. We ask artists to make this clear when applying, if applicable.

 

 

*What we mean when we say ‘Artist’?

You don’t need formal arts training/education to be involved or even need to refer to yourself as an ‘artist’. When we use the term ‘artist’ it encompasses many different acts and forms of creativity. You could be involved in making, community organizing, local activism, be part of a community group or collective, organise events, curate, write poetry or stories, collect or archiving found material, make film/video or music, photograph, paint, draw, sculpt, design, make sound/light installations or design/make fashion and textiles.

 

Important Dates:

Drop-in information events: Tuesday 14 May, 5-7pm & Thursday 23 May, 12-2pm 

Deadline: Sunday 2 June 2019, 7pm

Interviews: Tuesday 18 & Thursday 20 June 2019

Applicants notified of outcome by: Friday 28 June 2019

Bursary period begins: Tuesday 2 July 2019

 

 

Next Steps

If you are interested in the Studio Bursary, please contact Ella at whitehouse@createlondon.org, call 020 8220 1172 or attend one of our information events to find out more. 

We are happy to provide information and the application form in other formats if required. We welcome forms completed in a written, video or audio format. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

 

 

How we make decisions

FIRST STAGE - 3 - 7 June 2019

The White House staff will read all registration forms and ensure they fulfil “you will” criteria. We may be in contact for clarification where necessary.

SECOND STAGE - 18 - 20 June 2019

We will invite those who meet the “you will” criteria to meet The White House staff and community member. This will be an informal interview to find out more about you. We will score each conversation on four criteria: 

  • Art - is the art challenging & inspiring?

  • Community – does the artist demonstrate an interest in engaging with the community and contributing to the house?

  • Value to artist - will the artist benefit from studio space?

  • Potential for step change – will the artist benefit from the mentoring opportunities?

As this opportunity is for two artists to share a studio, we will also take into consideration the different types of practice when pairing artists.